Card 18 Reading. The Most Mystique Picture

CARD №18

READING Text 9 page 15


1. Find in the text English equivalents:

1.       с особой целью
2.       одна конкретная картина
3.       брал её везде с собой
4.       изначально была заказана
5.       оставить картину себе
6.  написанной всего через пару лет после смерти Леонардо да Винчи
7.       избежать грусти
8.       кажется скорее божественной, нежели человеческой
9.       также подчёркивают
10.   кажется, что она меняется перед глазами
11.   смотрит свысока
12.   возможно поэтому
13.   таким образом
14.   скорее как произведение искусства, чем туристическую достопримечательность

2. Translate into Russian: 

1.       walk back to
2.       about three or four years later
3.       adds to the Mona Lisa’s mystique
4.       has fascinated everyone
5.       employed singers and musicians
6.       modern art critics
7.       She is like a living person
8.       All this sounds rather mysterious
9.       a magnificent work of art
10.   mouse pads
11.   placed the painting

3. Match the words of the two columns to make up the word combinations used in the text and translate them into Russian: 

1.         who has ever seen a)    alive and real
2.         to keep her b)   happy
3.         the portrait seems c)    of a great work of art
4.         we can experience d)   in her smile
5.         detect sadness e)    area
6.         the effect f)    the painting
7.         part of g)   this strange effect
8.         a specially built h)   modern popular culture
9.         have i)     the painting
10.     to appreciate j)     a better chance

 4. Give the equivalents from the text that mean the same: 


to order — an official— an intention — a portrait — mystique –a smile — to detect — outside — sadness –a masterpiece — to appreciate – particular—an attraction

  1. quality that makes someone or something seem mysteriousexciting, or special
  2. a plan or desire to do something
  3. special or great
  4. out of a building or room
  5. to ask for goods or services to be supplied
  6. painting, drawing, or photograph of a person
  7. an expression in which your mouth curves upwards, when you are being friendly or are happy or amused
  8. the state of feeling sad
  9. to notice or discover something, especially something that is not easy to see, hear etc.
  10. a work of art, a piece of writing or music that is of very high quality or that is the best that a particular artistwriter etc. has produced
  11. to understand how good or useful someone or something is
  12. something interesting or enjoyable to see or do
  13. someone who is in a position of authority in an organization

5. Say if sentences are TRUE or FALSE:

  1.  A lot of people visit the Louvre Museum in Paris to see the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
  2. Most of them spend hours looking at the picture.
  3. A rich businessman in Florence ordered a portrait of his daughter, Lisa.
  4. Leonardo didn’t want to sell the picture.
  5. Mona Lisa’s mysterious eyes have fascinated everyone who has ever seen the painting.
  6. Her smile looks alive and real.
  7. Sometimes we can notice sadness in her smile.
  8. Officials at the Louvre Museum placed the painting in a specially built building with other great 18th century French paintings.

6. Answer the questions according to the text: 

  1. Why do people visit the Louvre Museum in Paris ?
  2. Do they need a lot of time for this?
  3. Did the artist love the picture? Prove with the facts.
  4. How much time did it take to create it?
  5. How did the artist try to make Lisa happy?
  6. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is a great work of art, isn’t it?
  7. Where does her image appear?
  8. Where did officials at the Louvre Museum place the painting?.

 7. Would you like to have the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci hanging in your house?  

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